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Shifting Perspectives

Martha MacLeish’s work in Manifest show a multi-dimensional wonder

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Martha MacLeish's art, whether two- or three-dimensional, is concerned with “aspects that raise questions and create tension,” according to her artist's statement. The thing she doesn't mention is the joyful sense of life these works convey, a bursting, vibrant delight of echoing forms and interacting colors.  

Art: Shape Shift: Recent Works

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Martha MacLeish of Indiana University's Fine Arts faculty allows her work to break exuberantly into three dimensions in 'Shape Shift: Recent Works,' at Manifest Gallery through May 13. MacLeish's art, whether two- or three-dimensional, is concerned with "aspects that raise questions and create tension," her artist's statement says. The thing she doesn't mention is the joyful sense of life these works convey.  

Art: The American Impressionists in the Garden

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Impressionism and love of gardening serendipitously developed at the same time in the United States, 100 or so ago, resulting in such irresistible works as those on view at the Taft Museum of Art in 'The American Impressionists in the Garden' through May 15. Flowers all but burst out of the canvas in paintings by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson and others.  

Art: Creating the New Century

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 22, 2011
'Creating the New Century,' a jam-packed exhibition with few artists represented more than once, is on view at the Dayton Art Institute through July 10 and worth the trip up I-75. Drawn from the collection of Ohio businessman James Dicke, himself an exhibiting artist, all the works are post-2000 but reflect Dicke's admiration for 20th century stalwarts like Sean Scully, Philip Pearlstein and Alex Katz.  

The ’Wave of the Future

By expanding its mission, will arts booster ArtsWave spread itself too thin?

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Now in the middle of its first fund-raising campaign under the new name ArtsWave, the organization formerly known as the Fine Arts Fund wants to pioneer a new approach to valuing the role of the arts in our community. But with that might come controversy. Some worry that in trying to broaden its mission, ArtsWave will be spreading its dollars thin.  

Cleopatra (Review)

Traveling exhibit examines the mysteries and artifacts of Cleopatra's Egypt

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cleopatra, considered ancient Egypt’s great last pharaoh before that civilization fell to Roman conquest in the first century B.C., had a reputation for knowing how to present herself stunningly to outsiders. Legend has it she once sailed upriver in a gilded barge with purple sails to introduce herself to Mark Antony, the powerful Roman leader who became her new lover.  

Art: Vanishing Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The temptation to linger is strong at Betts House, where Barbara and David Day's gently colored pen-and-ink-drawings are on view through April 23 in the exhibition 'Vanishing Cincinnati.' Some of the scenes, like Crosley Field and the Albee Theater, already are gone, but we are prompted by the drawings to look again at those remaining. Pendleton House, built in 1870, is shown on its hilltop with the modern city behind it and City Hall appears in all its Romanesque resplendence.  

Jun Kaneko (Review)

Solway exhibit of dynamic ceramics exhilarates

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The surest cure for winter blues can be found in the West End’s Carl Solway Gallery, where Jun Kaneko's big, brash, superbly finished ceramic sculptures and his brilliantly colored paintings and drawings lift the spirit at first glance.  

Immaculata on Mt. Adams (Review)

James Steiner [Mt. Adams Publishing]

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Author Jim Steiner has done more than write the history of a church — he has demonstrated the flavor of a small neighborhood deeply steeped in Catholicism but divided by heritage.  

Art: Jun Kaneko at Carl Solway Gallery

0 Comments · Monday, February 14, 2011
The surest cure for winter blues can be found in the West End's Carl Solway Gallery, where Jun Kaneko's big, brash, superbly finished ceramic sculptures and his brilliantly colored paintings and drawings lift the spirit at first glance. The 68-year-old artist, whose works are included in many prestigious museum collections, left his native Japan to study in California in 1963. There he trained under Peter Voulkos and other leaders of the contemporary ceramics movement.